The first flight from Kuwait International Airport's newly-built Terminal 4 (T4) will take off on Wednesday, 8 August, following its inauguration last month.

National carrier Kuwait Airways' first flight from the $173.2m (KWD52.5m) T4 wing will fly to Manama, Bahrain's capital city. 

T4 was inaugurated by HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah more than a month ago. It is expected to generate up to $60m (KWD18.1m) in revenue per year, providing approximately 2,000 jobs, and boosting the country's strategy to transform Kuwait into a regional hub for finance and tourism.

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Spanning 5.5ha with 14 departure and 10 arrival gates, T4 will allow Kuwait Airways to transport 4.6 million passengers by the end of the year.

Kuwait Airways has also opened a two-storey, 426m2 Mubarakiya Lounge at T4 for passengers travelling in business and first class. It features 113 seats, 10 television screens, a business centre, and buffet. 

The newly-built terminal has been equipped with high-end aviation technology and an internationally-approved security system, according to Kuwait's state news agency. It also features a car park with space for approximately 2,000 vehicles, a duty-free retail zone, and 20 passport control check-in stations.

Korean firm Incheon International Airport Corporation (IIAC) was awarded a contract in April 2018 to operate, manage, and maintain T4.

T4 is just one of the projects under way as the country's Directorate General for Civil Aviation expands Kuwait International Airport.

It was reported in May this year that heavy lifting for construction work on another terminal, T2, had begun. This terminal is expected to cost up to $4.3bn (KWD1.3bn) and a contractor has already been selected for the job.